Every year the second weekend in December is the Christmas in Edgartown celebration. I didn’t get to go this year but it got me thinking about the four times I have gone, and it is quite an experience. Actually it was almost five times but in 1993 a blizzard prevented us from getting to the Vineyard (CLICK HERE to read that post). Edgartown does a terrific job of celebrating the oncoming of Christmas. The town is decked out in all its holiday finery and happily welcomes visitors to enjoy all that is offered.
I took this picture of the Whaling Church early in the morning … it looks so typically New England to me. The Minnesingers from the high school put on a concert here as part of the weekend celebration. You can’t help but feel the Christmas spirit after this glorious concert.
I think one of the most fun things is the Christmas parade. You won’t find big inflated balloons here, but what you will find is pure enthusiasm and joy. From the horse drawn wagon in the beginning of the parade, to the fire truck with Santa at the end which is always a crowd pleaser and a smile maker.
Even four legged celebrants get into the act wanting to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
A Santa scallop !
It’s hard to keep up with all that Edgartown offers for the three day celebration. There are open houses at many of the inns where you can get a chance to look around and sample goodies they are offering. And while you’re enjoying that often times carolers drop in to serenade with a song or two. The stores are all open and they too have foods to sample and ciders and wines to taste. You can literally eat and drink your way around Edgartown.
Another highlight is Donaroma’s Evening of Enchantment (click on special events on the website), it’s a twinkling fairy land of lights, music, garden displays and entertainment by enthusiastic bell ringers.
Christmas in Edgartown … a joyful experience indeed, one I hope to experience again someday.